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‘Don’t bring me problems, bring me solutions!’
If you have not been told this so far this year, consider yourself lucky!

My question to the community, why do managers still continue to do so?
Should it stop?
If so, why and how?

Thank you for your thoughts!
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hay que considerar que un problema no siempre es algo negativo, ya que muchas veces lo que consideramos problemas son en realidad ventanas de oportunidad.
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1 reply by Karl Twort
Dec 02, 2019 11:24 AM
Karl Twort
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I had to translate, so thought I'd share for everyone too :)

"It is necessary to consider that a problem is not always something negative, since many times what we consider problems are actually windows of opportunity."
when you disagreed,then criticize
when you criticized,then offer solution
when offered solution,then start execution
when started doing, take responsibility

Not precisely the subject of discussion, but it emphasizes the importance of link between understanding problem and following solution
Nov 24, 2019 6:28 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Suzi -

HBR did a good article on this a couple of years ago: https://hbr.org/2017/09/the-problem-with-s...ng-me-solutions

I'd suggest that an organization culture where most managers have this attitude is not a psychologically safe one as it encourages staff to hide problems until they believe they have a solution.

Yes, we want our team members to show some due diligence, but if they genuinely need help, we want them to have the courage to come to us or to their peers.

Kiron
Very good article.
Reminds me some kind of Risk Management policy within company
Thank you for your comments Alejandro I will check out google translator :-)

Thank Cyril for your input!
Nov 28, 2019 11:07 PM
Replying to ALEJANDRO RESENDEZ
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hay que considerar que un problema no siempre es algo negativo, ya que muchas veces lo que consideramos problemas son en realidad ventanas de oportunidad.
I had to translate, so thought I'd share for everyone too :)

"It is necessary to consider that a problem is not always something negative, since many times what we consider problems are actually windows of opportunity."
Defining the problem and then determining the root cause shd be the first step.
Alternate solutions shd be the next step and
evaluating and selecting the best solution.

We need to facilitate this process and validate the solution
Thank you Karl, that’s very kind of you :-)
Thank you Komal for your input.
Hi Suzi, interesting question. I agree with the "it depends" school and also think @Kiron's comment about psychologically unsafe organisations. Fortunately the group I work with at the moment expects problems to be raised and raised early so appropriate solutions can be found to minimise delivery risks ie find solutions early. They do appreciate when I believe I have some options but don't always agree with my options (just recently I had one where the response was "absolutely not"). The main thing is it's not personal, because everyone needs support and extra expert input or guidance at some point.
Thank you Ashleigh and many more powerful messages from everyone - taking all points have influenced my views, a lot of weighing, balancing and careful judgements aligning with progress is crucial, thank you all! :-)
I want to see how a project manager is thinking about a problem, not necessarily come to me with a solution, but the factors that drive a solution. I prefer to see a couple of alternatives to the problem where the PM and I can talk through each alternative. Through the discussion we may land on either of the alternatives or something altogether different. By doing so, the PM isn't washing his/her hands of the problem; he/she is demonstrating depth of thinking and leveraging my wisdom and experience in determining a course of action.
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